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Judge delays opinion on isolating Alabama HIV inmates




 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed a ruling on whether the Alabama Department of Corrections can continue to isolate prisoners who have tested positive for HIV.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson finished hearing arguments made during the month-long trial challenging Alabama's decades-old policy of mostly separating HIV-positive inmates from other prisoners.

Thompson had told attorneys that he hoped to have an opinion ready before Thanksgiving. The judge issued a brief statement in the court file Wednesday saying more time is needed. He said he would not issue a decision until sometime before Christmas.

Currently, Alabama and South Carolina are the only states that segregate HIV-positive prisoners. The lawsuit accused the state of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.



 


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Information in this article was accurate in November 21, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.